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Help me find my budget dream boat!
I''ve thought of looking for a boat in the US or Canada. For example, many Contessa 26s were built in Canada and prices there seem to be 60% of what they are here.
However, a single-handed west-east trans-atlantic crossing in an unfamiliar used boat is probably not the most sensible first passage. On top of that, the cost of flights, accommodation, etc. would easily eat into any savings. And then there''s the VAT tax (all boats in the EU have to have proof of VAT paid in an EU country or else they''re charged the VAT).
I''ve spent hours on the Internet looking at and for boats, but I haven''t managed to identify a particular place for cheap bargins (I can''t find many details about Malta). Since I plan to spend a year sailing in my home waters before setting out I''m probably better off buying in Ireland or the UK (or maybe elsewhere in Europe), even this costs a few grand more.
However I have hopes of getting a good deal closer to home. There are many harbours, boatyards, sailing clubs and other places with boats that seem to have been abandoned. Once I know what I''m looking for I''ll do a tour of these. Who knows? Someone with an old boat that''s been sitting on the hard for years rotting may be sympathetic enough to my enthusiasm to give me a good deal!
You never know!